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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending October 5, 2018

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The Drug Problem in the U.S. Is Not What We Think It Is We can't control the supply of drugs but we can reduce demand. Learn More   Drugs that look like candy have police worried that similar pills are out there close to Halloween Drugs disguised as candy that a suburban Atlanta police department confiscated late last week after a hit-and-run accident should be a warning for all those who interact with kids — especially with about a month to go before Halloween. Learn More   This doctor wrote 130 opioid prescriptions a day. She says she did nothing wrong. Overprescribing caused the opioid epidemic. But not all doctors feel bad about what they did. Learn More   Instagram has a drug problem. Its algorithms make it worse. Instagram is known for its celebrity posts and photos of enviable vacations. But it has also become a sizable open marketplace for...
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14th Annual Prevention Education Summit

14th Annual Prevention Education Summit
More than 115 professionals from multiple disciplines recently attended the 14th Annual Middlesex County Prevention Education Summit at the Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville. “Pills to Heroin: It’s Happening to Good People” was the title of the 2016 event that was sponsored by the Attorney General’s Office, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and Wellspring Center for Prevention, with additional support from the Middlesex County Municipal Alliance Program. Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey Master of Ceremonies, Diana Starace from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital began the program by introducing Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey. Prosecutor Carey addressed the audience with encouragement that we are on the right track to get ahead of this epidemic. Collaboration between all sectors of the community, and especially local police departments, is key to saving lives. He commended Sayreville Police Chief John Zebrowski for supporting the event by providing a mobile...
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JAN
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New Law for New Jersey Patients

New Law for New Jersey Patients
The Coalition for Healthy Communities continues to work with communities in Middlesex County to prevent prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse by partnering with local police departments to insure that residents have a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of expired or unused medications. While the number of Americans who currently abuse prescription drugs dropped in 2013 to 6.5 million from 6.8 million in 2012, that is still more than double the number of those using heroin, cocaine, and hallucinogens like LSD and Ecstasy combined, according to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Unused prescription medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, and abused.  Nearly 40% of teens who have abused a prescription medication report getting the drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinet.  Just one year ago, Middlesex County had a total of three sites to access...
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Weekly ATOD & Advocacy Recap week ending November 14, 2014

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Weekly ATOD & Advocacy Recap week ending August 8, 2014

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ATOD & Advocacy Update - Week Ending August 9, 2013

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ATOD & Advocacy Update - Week Ending August 2, 2013

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ATOD and Advocacy Update - Week-Ending July 26, 2013

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ATOD and Advocacy Update - Week-Ending July 19, 2013

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ATOD and Advocacy Update - Week-Ending June 28, 2013

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